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Mount Keira Ring track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Keira Ring track.

Track grading

Features of this track


5.5km loop


3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers


Short steep hills


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Byarong Park picnic area, where the track begins, is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Heading south on the Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exit at Figtree.
  • Turn left onto the Princes Highway
  • After 0.5km, turn left again onto Mount Keira Road. It is 3km to Byarong Park.


Parking is available at Byarong Park. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.


Cool your heels on the Mount Keira ring track, which threads through refreshing rainforest.


Take advantage of the escarpment elevation for a spot of whale watching north of Mount Keira, or from one of the several lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


16.5°C and 25.6°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


8.3°C and 18.3°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Drinking water isn't available in this area, so you'll need to bring your own supply.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • This walking track is a landslide hazard area. Rocks, trees, or branches may fall. Avoid this track during or after rain.
  • Please take care on this walk, stay on the track and keep a safe distance from cliff edges.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mount Keira Ring track

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Park info

  • in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
  • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.